Champaign County

Champaign County

Market Street to undergo repairs

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic will be reduced on a portion of Market Street on Champaign's north side beginning Monday as part of the Market Street improvement project.

Cross Construction will be working on the east side of Market Street between Kenyon Road and Wallace Avenue starting Monday, April 15.

Urbana considers new artist for King work

URBANA — City officials will look to a new artist to come up with a design for public art in King Park after they rejected the initial concept developed by a Massachusetts artist.

Rantoul man taps into past, makes syrup

Don't be surprised if Al Varney and Mrs. Butterworth know each other on a first-name basis.

A Vermont native, Varney grew up tapping maple trees the way many central Illinois residents grew up tasseling corn and baling hay.

It was a way to make some cash.

Now 86, the Rantoul man still keeps his hand in making maple syrup, but on a far smaller scale.

Mild temperatures, wet week ahead

CHAMPAIGN — Warm temperatures will remain through at least Wednesday, but keep an umbrella close as the National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through Friday.

Early Monday morning brings the first chance for thunderstorms. The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-60s during the afternoon, but showers are likely throughout the day.

Story will make you quack up

"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.

Environmental Almanac: Ditch the vehicle and start pedaling

Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?

Business listings April 14, 2013

The following applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

1512 Productions, 642 Ashford Court, Unit C, C, by Mallory T. Dugar, same address.

Carolyn Marie Photography, 408 S. Main St., Homer, by Carolyn Marie Slavenas, same address.

Tom Kacich: Film may hit 'Home Run' for recovery program

All around the country this week, groups of people will be talking about and promoting a new baseball movie.

But not the one about Jackie Robinson, the revered Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.

A second baseball-themed movie, opening next Friday, confronts a different social issue: abuse and dependency.

Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.

In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.

It's Your Business: Record shop open; game shop expands

Nathan Landolt has opened Error Records at 702 S. Neil St., C, in the space that formerly housed the skateboard shop called Board Boutique.

Error Records sells vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs and zines — often self-published magazines.

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